Mocs Mission Review - Mocs Community Involvement Continued to Grow in 2009-10
The Mocs' soccer team worked with the local TOPS program as one of its community involvement activities during the year.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
GoMocs.com concludes its look back on the 2009-10 season with today's final installment of the Mocs Mission Review.  After already recapping a very successful season both academically and athletically, we now look at the social aspect of the Mocs' mission and see how Chattanooga Athletics impacted the local community. 

Part of the Mission of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is to guide, encourage and support our student-athletes in their quest for comprehensive excellence; academically, athletically and socially.  Over the past year, the Mocs have been very involved in community service projects, drawn thousands of people to Chattanooga and the campus of UTC and garnered national exposure for the University and the Chattanooga community. 

Community involvement begins with volunteering and the Mocs are known for the thousands of hours they log in volunteer efforts.  Every year, the track & field team helps to administer the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure while many of the Mocs actually run in the event to raise money for breast cancer research.  There are also many other annual events, such as the Special Olympics and the Nursing Home Olympics, that Chattanooga student-athletes annually give their time to. 

In addition, each squad picks different charities and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  For example, the wrestling team was applauded for spending two days in Nashville to help with the flood relief efforts.  The Mocs also helped to raise money and collect items for the Ronald McDonald House Charities at the spring football game.  These are just some of the many different ways UTC student-athletes volunteer throughout the year. 

"I continue to be impressed with just how much time our student-athletes spend volunteering in various ways throughout the area," stated Director of Athletics Rick Hart.  "Even though their schedules are nearly full with studying and practicing, I am proud to know that they see the importance of community involvement and how those lessons learned will help them throughout their lives."

Community involvement also includes the amount of people the Mocs bring to campus through the events they host.  Last season, UTC drew over 165,000 fans to campus and the facilities it utilizes.  High profile events included the Southern Conference Softball Tournament and the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, along with the regular season home games. 

Football saw its attendance nearly double to 10,503 for the year, while women's basketball again led the SoCon with its 2,049 average crowd per home game.  Softball and wrestling also continued to be league leaders in average attendance. 

Finally, the Mocs are known for bringing national recognition to UTC and the Chattanooga community.  UTC grabbed a pair of Addy Awards for videos they produced surrounding the basketball teams.  UTC also took home three "Best of" awards at the National Association of College Athletic Marketing Administrators convention in Anaheim, Calif.  UTC received further exposure when they faced Alabama in football on national television and the women's basketball team took on Oklahoma State on ESPN2 in the NCAA Tournament. 

Below is a full rundown that highlights the Mocs' community involvement over the past year. 

Mocs' Community Outreach Experiences

Mocs Participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Mocs Wrestlers Spend Two Days Helping with Nashville Flood Clean Up

Mocs Present Prizes to Middle School Night Winners

Mocs to Help the Ronald McDonald House Charities at the Blue & Gold Spring Game

National Exposure

Mocs Athletics Marketing Scores Three National Awards at NACMA Convention

Mocs Grab Two ADDY Awards for Men's Basketball Intro Video

NCAA Championship preview

Lady Mocs Take on Oklahoma State in Tempe, Ariz., in the NCAA Tournament

Former Mocs Taken in the NBDL Draft

Cooper Signs a Free Agent Contract with the Philadelphia Eagles

Coach Huesman on ESPN Today at 3:30 p.m. (E.S.T.)

Mocs Defensive Staff Named Game Changing Coaches of the Week by FootballScoop.com

Attendance/Community Involvement Highlights

I am a Moc Ad Campgaign

GoMocs.com Shatters Monthly Traffic Records

Shulman Honored by City and County Mayors

UTC's Wes Moore Speaks At Orange Grove Breakfast For Champions

Big Turnout for the Chamberlain Field Bonfire

Mocs Take Part in Operation Move-In

Sport-by-Sport Listings of Community Volutneering

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
- Raised money for Kay Yow Pink Zone Breast Cancer Fund.
- S
poke to children at Orchard Knob Middle School.

Men's Basketball
- Spoke to a number of youth at the Lookout Mountain School, Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences, Little Miss Mag Child Care Center, Woodmore Elementary School and the Hillcrest School throughout the season.
- Participated in the Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure.

Women's Basketball
- Put on a clinic at the nearby Cornerstone Church, the Lookout Mountain School and at Bethel Bible.
- Participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
- Participated in the Woodmoore Elementary School Awards Day. 

Football
- Participated in Read Across America at local elementary schools.
- Participated in the UTC Operation Move-In.
- Put on a free Kids Clinic prior to the 2010 Spring Game
- Attended several days at Dupont Elementary-National Reading Week
- Spoke to students several times at
Tyner Middle School.
- Helped run the
Nursing Home Olympics at McKenzie Arena.
- Helped with the S
pecial Olympics.
- Worked the Race for Cure.

Men's Tennis
- Helped with the 2009 Trish Obear Tennis Tournament by greeting the participants and hitting with them.
- Participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
- Put on a tennis clinic at the Hixson Racquet Club.

Women's Tennis
- Reading to classes at McBrien Elementary.
-
Raised money for Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti.

Soccer
- Helped with the TOPS program for developmentally handicapped.
- Put on a c
linic for YMCA Strong Kids, Hixson YMCA Soccer Association, East Ridge Soccer Association Clinic and the East Ridge Soccer Association.
- Participated in the
UTC Freshman Operation Move-In

Softball
-
Sponsored a local family for Christmas, including providing gifts and an invite to Christmas party.
-
Raised money for Red Cross Haiti relief fund.
-
Made Easter Baskets for Ronald McDonald House.
- Participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Track & Field/Cross Country
- Helped to put on the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 

Volleyball
- Held the Dig Pink for breast cancer awareness.
- Raised funds for American Red Cross Haiti Relief.

Wrestling
- Volunteered moving furniture at the a local family homeless shelter.
- Spent two days helping with the Nashville flood releif efforts

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